Michael N. Norred, Director of Strategic Planning and Resource Development since December 2017, and in similar and consultative roles from 2007 to 2013. He designed and led the effort to analyze and incorporate an unprecedented amount of historical and modern data into a comprehensive geologic database of the Comstock District. He implemented QA/QC protocols and procedures, trained and coordinated geologic staff, and maintained the database updated through five years of field work and drilling, including over 400,000 feet of additional drill results. Mr. Norred brings over 40 years of experience in resource modeling, surface mine design, geological database management and software development. His geological modeling experience includes precious metals, base metals, industrial minerals, coal, oil and gas.
Mr. Norred is also the founder of Techbase International, Ltd, where he has served as President since 1982. He designed and led a team of programmers to develop the Techbase engineering database management package. He successfully commercialized the software and served and supported users world-wide. He enabled clients in the implementation of robust modeling and database management and the development of internal processes for a variety of projects and industries.
Mr. Norred received his Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1978, and was named Colorado School of Mines Young Alumnus of the Year in 1987. He is a Qualified Person (QP) as defined by Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and is qualified in Federal Court as an expert witness in open pit mine modeling. As a QP, he has authored or contributed to National Instrument 43-101 and JORC compliant technical reports.